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A Shortcut to Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Tired of using the same old ornaments year after year? Why not use these holiday ideas and make your own this Christmas? Okay, let’s say you’re not particularly “artsy-craftsy”…no problem! Don’t start from scratch. Just purchase some ready-made tree ornaments and customize them to suit your tastes, your hobbies, your style, or your color scheme. OR - use natural items that you can find for free right outside.

Here are just a few ways I’ve added some interest or “bling” to run-of-the-mill Christmas ornaments:

Zebra stripes and animal prints: Purchase white ornaments. Apply the stripes using an acrylic paint pen. This will work better on glass than on plastic. Actually, the best way to do this is to first paint the ornaments white with a coat of acrylic paint. This will give the paint from the pen a better surface to cling to. For cheetah or leopard prints, paint the balls tan and use the paint pen to add spots. For a giraffe pattern, paint the balls brown and use a yellow paint pen to separate the brown patches. For a really funky look, paint the balls hot pink and add black zebra stripes.

Jeweled ornaments: Apply small rhinestones to ball ornaments. You can use inexpensive acrylic stones, but you’ll have far better sparkle with real Swarovski stones. Use E6000 glue, applied with a toothpick to the ornament. Create a pattern, or cover the entire surface.

Victorian balls: Purchase clear glass or clear plastic ornaments. Remove the top, and fill the balls with potpourri, lace, or flower petals. Glue a tiny bow onto the top of the ornament. These look great on a Victorian-themed tree.

Beachy ornaments: Is your living room done in a beach theme? If so, head to the craft store and purchase some seashells, sand dollars, E6000 glue, and gold leaf paint. Gild the edges of some of the shells and sand dollars with the gold leaf, and cover the entire surface of some of the shells in gold. Glue on a ribbon hanger, and you’re done.

Sports: Let’s say you’re a fan of the GA Bulldogs, like me. You can buy red ball ornaments and write on the ornaments with a black paint pen or with black slick paint – Go Dawgs, #1 Fan, Sick ‘Em, etc. You can also buy clear glass or plastic balls and fill them with shredded colored paper or ribbon in your team’s colors.

Back to nature: There are all kinds of natural items in the great outdoors that can make eco-friendly, green Christmas ornaments. Some of these are seedpods, small pinecones, nuts, flowers, and fruits and berries. Dried pods from popcorn trees can be spray painted gold or silver to make unique ornaments. Pinecones can be painted or left in their natural state. I like to use the small cones with just a bit of snow (white paint) on the edges. Make “fire logs” by tying or gluing cinnamon sticks together. Apples can be suspended from the limbs of your Christmas tree by ribbons, and they give a wonderful smell to the room. Springs of berries can be tucked into the boughs, too, along with fresh or dried flowers. You can make mini-wreaths from several stalks of wheat and hang them on your tree. Plan an evening around the fire stringing popcorn and cranberries with the family. After Christmas, the edible ornaments can be placed outside for the birds and squirrels.

These simple crafts are so easy that they’d be wonderful for kids. Allow the kids to help in creating their own special ornaments this year. They’re sure to take a special interest in the tree if they have a part in creating ornaments for it. And besides, making homemade Christmas ornaments together is a great way to spend quality time!

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gryphin423 from Florida on December 04, 2011:

Great ideas Habee! I love the seashell theme idea ;-)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 06, 2010:

Thanks, Granny!

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on November 29, 2010:

I like the solar powered lights. I did not know they had those

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 19, 2010:

Hi, Dolores! Good to see you!

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Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 13, 2010:

Great ideas for making your own ornaments to create a truly personal Christmas tree. I love to use pine cones at Christmas!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 24, 2010:

Thanks a bunch, Eth!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2010:

Lovely christmas ideas

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 16, 2009:

You gave me a giggle, Ben! Thanks for reading - I really appreciate it!

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on December 15, 2009:

Great article habee. I'm a pretty damn creative dude and I still found this collection inspiring and down to earth. Thanks for using "artsy craftsy" instead of "artsy fartsy" I hate that combination of words! LOL.


Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 12, 2009:

I appreciate all the comments and the readership!

Thanks, Dragon. I'll check it out!

Cool, Disturbia! I actually wrote a hub about turning sand dollars into ornaments!

Thanks, Peggy! I'll read it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2009:

Good article filled with great ideas. I also like using natural elements from nature like pine cones. Just jazz them up a bit with some glitter spray paint lightly dusting them. For what NOT to do regarding decorating a Christmas tree, check out my hub if you have the time. Might save some frustration at the last minute. Ha!

Disturbia on December 11, 2009:

Excellent hub. I'm always looking for something different. One year when we were living down in Florida and my girls were still little, we collected sand dollars on the beach. The girls painted them. A little bit of glitter and some ribbons and in no time we had beautiful, very personal, hand made ornaments which I still use. We had lots of yucky, messy fun making them too. Those memories are priceless.

Dragnskull on December 10, 2009:

hey awesome info :D

I just started decorating for xmas myself and found this awesome free screensaver so even my computer is getting into the holidays :D

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Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 05, 2009:

Thanks, CD! I'm glad you found it helpful.

Best CD Rates on December 05, 2009:

I was looking out for new trends in Christmas decoration and found your article here. I like your ideas a lot, i would love to use "Jeweled ornaments". I have never decorated Christmas tree with this pattern, i think this will work for me this season. Enjoy the festival!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 02, 2009:

Hi there, Lil! Glad you stopped by for a visit!

lilolladystuff on December 02, 2009:

Very nice ideas. I'm planning on making several of my own ornaments also and love bringing nature inside for decorating. Thanks.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 02, 2009:

Thanks, Polly. Yep, the kids will always remember spending time with Nana (what my grands call me).

Pollyannalana from US on December 02, 2009:

Good hub and I thought of my grandchildren immediately, this is not only going to be fun but make good memories.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 28, 2009:

I agree, Midnight. I like natural materials, also.

Hi, Harris. Thanks for reading!

hdy from Texas on November 28, 2009:

good stuff... great hub!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on November 25, 2009:

great ideas. every christmas i use to make our own christmas ornaments and I prefer using natural materials that i can find around the house, its green and a lot cheaper.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 21, 2009:

Yep, my girls love those, too. Thanks for visiting, Elisabeth!

elisabethkcmo from Just East of Oz on November 21, 2009:

habee, great ideas, my teen daughter would especially like the animal prints!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 20, 2009:

Shaz, thank you so much for the kind words!

Hi, Gigi! I love making ornaments with the kids. Thanks for reading!

gigi @ nfl ornaments on November 20, 2009:

Great ornaments ideas. I remember when I was a kid we would make the paper snow flake christmas tree ornaments.

It's really fun to get the kids envolved. I know I enjoyed when I was a kid.

Great hub.

Shaz123 on November 18, 2009:

U Deserve to be a number one position in HUB ..

I really like ur work.. its outstanding ..

Keep it up

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 18, 2009:

Lisa, go for it! Thanks for reading!

You're welcome, Lender, and thanks for visiting!

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on November 18, 2009:

Thanks for the great tips!

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on November 18, 2009:

These are nice. I especially like (and may "steal") the idea for Victorian balls.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 17, 2009:

I use them , too. We have tons of them around here! Thanks for reading!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 17, 2009:

One of my favorite Christmas decorations are pine cones in a bowl. Plain and lovely. For added flair, I might spray the pine cones silver. That was before I broke the faux silver bowl.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

Thanks, Nikki! I'll check it out now.

nikki1 on November 16, 2009:

wow, great hub. CHeck out my christmas hubs.

What do you think of this..


Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2009:

Thanks, Doc! Where's yours? Good to "see" you!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 15, 2009:

Thanks, Cheeky!

Cheeky Chick on November 15, 2009:

Great ideas, habee!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 14, 2009:

Yeah, I wish we had snow here more often. We ususally have to drive to the mountains to see it. Thanks, Ethel!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on November 14, 2009:

That snowy tree looks so lovely

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 12, 2009:

Thanks, Cheeky! I hope you get some good ideas.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on November 12, 2009:

Hy Habee, these are great tips as I am looking for tips for christmas. Just spotted your other hub for a stress-free xmas, gonna check it out!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 12, 2009:

Thanks so much, friends, for your kind words and support. It's one of the reasons I keep writing!

Max Sumer on November 12, 2009:

I like the seashell idea and the good thing is I already have a few hundred shells. Now I know why I have been collecting them. Thank you!

Tammy Lochmann on November 12, 2009:

I'm passing this one along. I need this too so I am bookmarking it. You have great tips.

lyla from India on November 12, 2009:

Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips!:)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 12, 2009:

Thank you once more for such lovely and great ideas. Especially kids joining in. I started baking biscuit with our son and bought him a baking set. Let your imagination run wild but it was such fun.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Duh! Isn't that usually when you take your tree down - when you have one??

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Easter is after Christmas.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Don't you mean after Easter??

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on November 11, 2009:

I will so have a tree! And after Christmas you can help me smoke it.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Why, yes, RD. Make chains from the pull tabs and use them for garlands on your tree. Oh, wait...I forgot: you won't have a tree, Scrooge!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Got any ideas about using Natural Light beer cans for ornaments?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2009:

Let me know how it works out!

KRC from Central Texas on November 11, 2009:

All great ideas. I've been dying to try the trick where they put two colors of metallic paint inside a clear Christmas ball and swirl it around. Seems simple enough. :)

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